The National Care Forum (NCF) has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make good on his promise of social care reform in tomorrow’s State Opening of Parliament.
The leading association of not for profit care providers has published a paper setting out an eight-point plan for social care reform.
Vic Rayner, CEO of the NCF, (pictured) said: “The government must take this opportunity to be ‘ambitious for social care’, a once in a generation chance to reform and invest in social care so it can continue to make a transformational difference to the lives of the millions who use it now and the millions more who will need it in the future, their families and carers and those who work in it.
“Social care helps millions of people to live their best lives – with the right focus, support and investment, this government can be the one that delivers for social care.”
The NCF is calling on the government to:
think ‘social care first’ and design a social care system that is person-centred, fair and fit for the future;
invest in adult social care to ensure it has sustainable funding and contributes to economic recovery;
invest in the social care workforce;
recognise the benefits of the not-for-profit sector;
create a fair price for all care;
recognise the relationship between social care and housing, where housing is a key element in sustaining the independence, choice and dignity amongst people of working age and older adults;
future proof social care with specific measures to encourage innovation, digital transformation and new models of care; and
ensure integrated health and care systems work for social care
Vic added: “Our paper calls for ambitious plans for social care reform backed by evidence and the experience of providers from across the sector. Ambitious social care reform can make a transformational change for millions of people, with the profound effect of principled change supporting positive change that will be felt in all communities across the country.
“It will require bold commitment and investment from the government for social care reform fit for now and in the future. We need to move forward from the place of rhetoric to action – specific action that will propel the sector from the position of recovery to sustainability and growth. Now is the time for long-term ambition not yet another quick fix.”
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Improving the adult social care system remains a priority for this government and we will bring forward proposals later this year to ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
“Throughout the pandemic we have provided almost £1.8 billion in specific funding for adult social care, including infection prevention and control measures. We’ve also provided free PPE and additional testing and prioritised health and care workers for the vaccine.”